Magpies Have Little Chance Of Getting Top Targets In

As usual Newcastle have let it be known that they will be spending money this summer, but that’s the least they should be doing, after the way the club has been mismanaged from the top this season.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic – impressive young Anderlecht striker

Newcastle certainly have the money to spend, but we are afraid the negative publicity that has surrounded the club this season, could  mean we’ll be very hard pressed to bring in some of our top targets.

There are reports doing the rounds that we will be after 20 year-old Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 22 year-old Burnley striker Danny Ings, and Marseilles’ 25 year-old free agent Andre Ayew.

But why would either of those three good players want to come to Newcastle, when bigger and more successful clubs are also after them?

John Carver, in his attempts to make the hierarchy at Newcastle look good (almost an impossible task these days), has said he’s seen the targets and they are very good players.

But we could have Lionel Messi as a target this summer, but we have no chance of signing him, so having top targets doesn’t mean much – unless you have a decent chance of signing them.

And today Newcastle are only a successful club in the financial aspect of the game – not on the field.

Given our last few seasons,  Newcastle are no longer the attractive club we once were, other than to younger players, who will see the middle of the table club in the Premier League as a stepping stone in their careers.

And after one or two years at Newcastle they can then move to a real club, always assuming we make sufficient profit on  them in that time-frame.

That’s the sad way Newcastle are run these days.

We hope we are wrong, and we want to see a good side again at Newcastle.

But we’d be very surprised if any one of those above three targets arrive on Tyneside this summer.

The simple facts are there are bigger and more successful clubs after them – and that would seem to rule out the Magpies.

The best chance we have are to get in lesser known players, who turn out to be very good buys, and we’ve done that before – thanks to Graham Carr.

That’s our best hop in the summer.

What do you think?

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61 comments so far

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1


  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2






  • jimiley

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3


    Spot on!!!! Too much crap on here about targets and signings. None of the speculation has been right over the last few years so the articles have all been bollocks. Nothing will change until the fat man is gone. This blog and Ed should focus on this one issue. Everything else is irrelevant.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    On targets, I suppose we have to consider suitability for the PL or the Championship now.

  • geordie157

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Next game regardless of the score is like to see everyone unite and walk out at half time.

    Ashley needs to go.

  • geordie157

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    I’d not is.

  • BandB

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Carver’s comments are typical of the cynical and jaundiced character assassinations carried out by the club against unwanted players for years to justify freezing them out and moving them on.

    I hope it is a sign of progress that no-one appears to be buying it this time.

    Millions of words have been spewed out on this blog in the past in defence of comments every bit as risible and spiteful and these latest ones from Carver.

  • ToonTiger

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Wrong end of the table to ensure quality signing
    Can’t help but think janmaat, aarons, perez and more will be sold in the summer for top whack as we sink further into obscurity & championship with a threadbare squad and FCB laughing all the way to the bank.


    Ashley out

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    “Coming to Newcastle is a great opportunity and the chance to play for a club like this in the Premier League was one I could not turn down.” Siem de Jong said this when he signed for Newcastle. Players are not attracted to the club for success but to establish themselves as competitive players and improve their salaries, in the hope of being picked up by a larger club.

    Unfortunately the Premier League is showing signs of malaise, it is at risk of tying itself in its own knots and deluding its self about the unique quality of its product. Alongside this the quality of players NUFC will be able to attract has diminished substantially with our recent finishing positions. The result of cost cutting is that the ‘real value’ of the club is reduced from the perspective of all that are too blind to see it.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #10

    # …not too blind to see it.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m quite shocked at some posters who continuously blame the fans for the situation the club is in.

    Ashley and Ashley alone is to blame for this situation, the fans blaming each other and fighting amongst each other is exactly what he wants.

    Use your energy to fight Ashley otherwise all you’re doing is enabling him to continue his distruction of the club and fan base.

    Take a look at what you’ve done or are willing to do before attacking other fans who are willing to try something.


  • nut meg

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    It seems like Carver is a admirer of Ashley’s digestive system. This talk of trying to bring in exciting players has come from CARVER ONLY…….. not a word from the club.If we don’t get these type of players over the line the blame will fall straight onto Carvers knapper & the club will either deny it or say nowt & let him take all the flak that will surely be flying around. The man is selling his soul while showing the whole footballing world just how much of a numpty he is………really embarrassing each he opens his mouth.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Actually think we’d be in with a chance of getting any of those 3 as we seem to promise players we’ll sell if a big offer or pay day comes in and sell the club as a springboard.
    Ayew and Mitrovic in particular won’t have 80k p/w offers from a Chelsea or Man city currently, but 1 or 2 successful seasons at Newcastle and those offers would then materialise. Ayew, Ings and Mitrovic all years from being at their peak and have time on their sides. A move to newcastle and guaranteed first team football to adapt to the league would make career sense.

  • BandB

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #14

    I will simplify my last comment for the avoidance of misrepresentation.

    It is very encouraging to see fans refusing to be misled any longer by the same old tactics from the club.

    Good on the fans.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Just had a reply from and they’re currently working on a t-shirt, something the rangers fans have already done.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    At long last , hope on the horizon .i must admit I am surprised it has taken this long for someone to say enough is enough , time to act , but we have a great opportunity now to get our club back . The A-O Campaign can’t do this without everyone of us having some sort of input and doing whatever we can no matter how small .constant negativity towards this man will one day pay off .we must all support the cause inside AND outside the ground .i put a bet on at the start of the season we would finish in the bottom 3. If I win the bet i’ll win a few bob , but it’s not the money , the more important thing for me is we get relegated hopefully Fatman will sell and start all over again trying to get our club back to what we really stand for . I’m still reading articles saying we are safe , burnley only have to win 9 points from the last 21 and we are relegated , not that much of an ask really considering they are playing decent
    Football . Believe me we are staring relagation in the face , again . Support A-O campaign and let’s start rebuilding NUFC .

  • jayphoto

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Personally think we need a few british players. The ones we have aren’t good enough or talented enough so we need to meet a quota anyway but can’t imagine a scot, irish or scouser putting in the gutless performances and no motivation that we;ve seen from coloccini, krul, gouffran, sissoko at times, obertan….
    Willo and ryan taylor aren’t good enough. Not by a long way but they always give their best and do seem to give a damn.
    On that note i’d welcome Ings and Austin with open arms.
    Sissoko and Cabella are twice the talent that Barton and Nolan were but i’d take the commitment of the latter every time.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #18

    On the Krul saga, thats my last straw with him really. His distribution does my head in and he’s vastly overrated. Cillesen keeping him out of the dutch side says alot because cillesen is awful.
    I know people are saying its something out of nothing but that was our biggest game of the season. Would you have seen Peter Schmiechal (spel?*) do that? If he had Fergie would have benched him. Would you have seen roy keane, alan shearer, patrick vieira do that going off the field losing in a derby? Shows lack of professional standards and lack of winning mentality. Fully believe Krul cares about the club, won’t knock him there but his mentality has to be questioned.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #19

    Optimistic . ..,….. If the fans had done what they should have years ago , Ashley wouldn’t be here to put us in this mess . However , it’s done now and we have to give all our support to A-O Campaign and sicken this bast@@d who has f@@@ed our club up

  • jayphoto

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Think the Ashley out campaign is risky. Ashley has all the cards and the guy doesn’t like to lose. In fact he’s a guy that will bite his nose off to spite his face rather than lose.
    Might sound extreme but NUFC means nothing to him sentimentally. Nothing to stop him asset stripping and folding the club. He owns it all. We’re talking about a guy that lose 250m in one day once on a stock market bet (on hsbc) .The guys worth £4 billion and growing. The debt newcastle owe him his basically just for what he bought the club anyway. He wouldn’t be down 200m, he’s probably up on the deal for the purposes he bought newcastle anyway.
    If he sells it’ll be because he wants to. Ashley has NEVER left or sold a business on the rise. He buys knacked businesses and drains every inch of blood out of them. Just look at USC to see he doesn’t give a damn about actual people.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #21


    Hindsight is a wonderful thing, Rangers got it we didn’t.

    If the shoe was on the other foot and he’d done to Rangers what he has to us first, I’m pretty sure we’d have done what they did and they would now be stuck with him.

    It’s never to late to do the right thing.

    All aboard the Ashley out bus.

  • BandB

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #22


    While I can be fairly accused of having never “got off my arse”, in my own defence I have always made it clear I would not, for my own reasons, be getting off my arse.

    I have tried to to focus discussion on Ashley for a very long time. In that time I have not been guilty of falling into despair and believing nothing could be done, as many have.

    Mactoon has pointed out the difficulties of getting those with all the zealotry of new converts to actually deliver on their promises of active support.

    Having never promised to get off my arse, I hope all those now proclaiming they are now doing their bit will actually do it, and continue to do it in the face of the inevitable setbacks.

  • firebug666

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #23

    I don’t get it; how thick is Carver?

    On this Santon comment: He wanted to be back in the team, he wanted to play, is that not fighting for his place.

    Put me in boss I’m ready.

    His lass said he had been fit for weeks, but was not getting a chance to play, That he was being FORCED OUT OF THE CLUB!

    Gotta say guys I know who I believe.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #24

    You are right, Ashley holds all the cards. Everything we know of him means he could well be spiteful and cause more damage to the club then he already has.

    But, is it not worth fighting for? We are fast dying as a club, and a sporting entity anyway. If we speed it up by the process of trying to force him out, so be it. We can then rebuild from scratch, safe in the knowledge that we tried to get our club back. Knowing full well that we didn’t just allow him to continue slowly stripping all the pride of this club, city and fans away to leave us as a shell of ourselves.

    If we fight, and lose in the way you suggest, we can hold our heads up high and say we tried. If we fight, and nothing changes, we keep fighting.

    Fortitier Defendit Triumphans – Triumphing by a brave defence, the motto of our city, time to defend our club and at least attempt to force Ashley out.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #25

    the way to fight Ashley is to show no interest. Don’t go to games. Unfollow them on everything. Don’t buy anything.
    Not a good idea to protest him or attack him verbally! He seems to love a slanging match, the guys classless and well known for being spiteful even if it partially harms himself.
    His whole empire is built on people being interested in what he’s selling.
    If the grounds empty it’ll be all over sky. And then after the publicity we’ll stop getting picked for sky games which will cost him millions. He can’t fight us if we’re not there. Mass walk out against Tottenham and then empty stadium for the rest of the season would have an effect.
    Be nice if that walk out was on the 18th minute. Just turn up to show last respect to the 2 for the season and then leave, would show us to have class also.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #26

    @firebug – stupid statement from Carver, Surely he knows Santons girlfriend kicked off on social media. He;s not stupid enough to think people will believe him over the players partner who was obviously livid with the way davide had been treated.
    Hate how NUFC treat past players, Ashley has removed any class we once had as a club (not as a fan base)

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #27


    I fully intend to keep the promises I’ve made to AO, I’ve got nothing left to lose.

    I’ve turned up at the marches in the past and I’ll be doing it again. I wish there was other things I could offer up other than handing out leaflets or turning up to be heard.

    I’m useless on a PC and unless they want me to build walls or mount guns on the parapit I’m not much use .

    I will turn up and be seen, that’s why I want a t-shirt. So I can be seen even away from the match. Who knows a couple of our famous brothers and sisters may wear one on the telly 🙂
    Now that would be fun.

    I said yesterday each to their own and people should do what they’re comfortable with, but they most definitely shouldn’t be against anyone who is giving it a go.

    I’ll be supporting AO and it’s up to every fan to decide what they’re willing to do.
    Anyone who tells me I’m wasting my time will be met with a polite FU 🙂

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #28

    F•••k off !!

  • hadenough

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #29

    Totally agree with other comments.Transfer targets are not important,new coaches are not important.We could sign Messi and Ronaldo in the summer,but guess what-they would both have mysterious injuries come FA cup 3rd round day.Enough is enough,Ashley Out

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    We just have to wait and see.From experience,Most British mgrs tend to fail when they move upper stages!
    SM is suitable for lower teams so far!

  • firebug666

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #31


    But the statement itself is a contradiction.

    In one breath he say, Santon wanted to be back into the team, he wanted to play.

    In the next breath he is saying, if a player doesn’t want to fight for his place etc.

    That’s gotta be up their with the biggest gaffs of all time.

    On Ashley, his pride and joy is his Sports Defect tat shop, if that gets exposed, then Ashley will sit up and take notice, maybe not for himself, but the shareholders tend to get squeaky bums when their money is getting dragged through the mud.

    We need to sever the relationship that Ashley has with SD and Newcastle, them he will move on.

    At games fans should use anything available to cover up the advertising around the stadium, coats, scarves, bags, banners, anything at all. I also like the T-Shirt idea.

  • BandB

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #32


    If your answer to this is to show indifference, they why don’t you apply it to this debate?

    You may have perfectly sound reasons for your belief that nothing should be done, thought, or attempted.

    The same goes to all those who have intervened in the past day to say they want Ashley out, before going on to list all the reasons it will never happen.

    If you want Ashley out, but have reservations, why not adopt the popular mantra of wait and see what happens, and apply it to giving this campaign a chance? Why not just hold your tongue and wait and see?

  • clinath@ed

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #33

    From Lilongwe….

    But, is it not worth fighting for? We are fast dying as a club, and a sporting entity anyway. If we speed it up by the process of trying to force him out, so be it. We can then rebuild from scratch, safe in the knowledge that we tried to get our club back. Knowing full well that we didn’t just allow him to continue slowly stripping all the pride of this club, city and fans away to leave us as a shell of ourselves.

    …the best summing up on this blog for months. Well said sir.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #34

    Yeah, I have contacted them to offering assistance with anything that can be done remotely. Not sure whether there will be much, but if there is, all they need do is ask.

    I’m not sure they will be able to deliver T-Shirts to Lilongwe – even less likely it would actually be received anytime soon. Only just got a christmas card for Xmas 2013 through the post last week, and that only had to come from South Africa!

    I might make my own, I have the facilities to print onto T-shirts in the hope I could get some of the NUFC members strips donated by the club (fat chance) and then I could put something different over Wonga. Hmmm, what design to go with….

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #36

    Millions of words have been spewed out on this blog in the past in defence of comments every bit as risible and spiteful and these latest ones from Carver.

    “He came back against Leicester in the FA Cup and he wasn’t prepared to wait to earn his right to get back into the team. He thought he could go straight back into the team.He drove the situation, not us, not the club, he drove it.After the game on the bus, he was on to his agent saying he wanted to get out, he wanted to go and play.”

    Those word are neither risible nor spiteful
    They are not even jaundiced , just telling it like it is.
    It is quite refreshing to have such an insight.

    It’s rather distasteful the blast of hysterical hot air that has blown through cyberspace this last 48 hours
    Between Easter Sunday teatime and Easter Monday morning the only difference was 2 crap sides played on Wearyside , the home team won by a fairly flukey goal.
    The twitterati (what an appropriate name) started by getting on Krul’s case (what a farce that was ) and it has gone on from there.
    Social media shows itself up again

  • mike ashley for the greater good

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #37
  • BandB

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #38


    I am sorry.

    I believe this blog has moved on beyond you and Welshie.

    While I haven’t shared the view that you should be banned, I have no intention of communicating with you beyond this point.

    You can take aim at me as much as you like. I encourage you to do so.

    But you are a small fish, losing traction, and we all have bigger fish to fry.

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #39

    we cant do anything cos Ashley holds all the cards – boo hooo.

    What a load of tosh. Ashley takes the money that you give him and spends the minimum to keep you coming back. If you dont go then his business model does not work and no profit. SO WE HOLD THE CARDS – its just a shame that people still cant see the power they have!

    A well another sellout soon and FatAsh getting Fatter but at least we are supporting the team!!!!!!! Loyal or stupid – theres a vote Ed

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #40

    I am very surprised at the amount of people commenting on here, The Mag etc who have been very vociferous in demanding that ‘The slug, leech etc’ get out of our club, that he is sucking the life out of us and that we will never be successful while he is here , they demand we protest, boycott and take to the streets, those same people, now that that there is a feeling of deep anger and a possible beginning of some kind of show of unity are saying he won’t be bothered, he is too rich, he’ll close us down, what would you have us do, moan on a blog all day till he closes us down anyway after taking what he wants and putting us through another eight years of the same.


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